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Wakefield

Wakefield
2020 Chardonnay, Clare Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: Australia
Alcohol: 13.5%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$18

Wakefield
2020 Chardonnay, Clare Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: Australia
Alcohol: 13.5%
Clear yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of steel cut oats, yellow apple, and corn muffin with a soft, bright, dry medium body and a tingling, medium-length finish imparting notes of sweet kettle corn and banana cake with soft tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. Smooth and round sweetness make this an approachable weeknight pasta companion

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: New World
Aroma Aroma: steel cut oats, yellow apple, and corn muffin
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of sweet kettle corn and banana cake
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now
Recipes Pairing: Turkey, Roasted Chicken, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Smooth and round sweetness make this an approachable weeknight pasta companion

The Producer or Importer

Brown-Forman Beverages

The Producer or  Importer
P O Box 1080 / 850 Dixie Hwy.
Louisville, KY 40210
USA
1 502-585-1100

Their Portfolio

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BR Sonoma-Cutrer 2020 Rosé of Pinot Noir, Sonoma County 11.9% (USA) $25.00. - Bronze Medal
90 Sonoma-Cutrer 2019 Chardonnay, Sonoma County 13.9% (USA) $23.00.
92 Wakefield 2020 Merlot, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $18.00.
94 Wakefield 2020 Riesling, Clare Valley 12.0% (Australia) $18.00.
87 Wakefield 2020 Chardonnay, Clare Valley 13.5% (Australia) $18.00.
94 Wakefield 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $18.00.
91 Wakefield 2019 Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $18.00.
91 Wakefield 2019 Promised Land, Shiraz, South Australia 14% (Australia) $13.00.
88 Wakefield 2020 Promised Land, Cabernet Sauvignon, South Australia 14.0% (Australia) $13.00.
91 Wakefield 2021 Promised Land, Chardonnay, South Australia 13.5% (Australia) $13.00.
89 Wakefield 2019 Promised Land Shiraz Cabernet, South Australia 14.5% (Australia) $13.00.
89 Wakefield 2021 Estate, Merlot, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $18.00.
93 Wakefield 2022 Estate, Riesling, Adelaide Hills 12% (Australia) $18.00.
93 Wakefield 2021 Estate, Chardonnay, Padthaway 13.5% (Australia) $18.00.
92 Wakefield 2020 Estate, Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $18.00.
89 Wakefield 2020 Estate, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $18.00.
88 Wakefield 2020 Promised Land, Shiraz, South Australia 14% (Australia) $13.00.
89 Wakefield 2021 Promised Land, Cabernet Sauvignon, South Australia 14% (Australia) $13.00.
95 Wakefield 2022 Promised Land, Chardonnay, South Australia 13.5% (Australia) $13.00.
92 Wakefield 2022 Promised Land, Pinot Grigio, South Australia 13% (Australia) $13.00.
94 Wakefield 2023 Estate, Pinot Gris, South Australia 13% (Australia) $18.00.
89 Wakefield 2023 Estate, Sauvignon Blanc, Adelaide Hills 12.5% (Australia) $18.00.
93 Wakefield 2022 Estate, Chardonnay, South Australia 13.5% (Australia) $18.00.
93 Wakefield 2021 Estate, Cabernet Sauvignon, South Australia 14.5% (Australia) $18.00.
88 Wakefield 2021 Estate, Shiraz, South Australia 14.5% (Australia) $18.00.
92 Wakefield 2021 Jaraman, Cabernet Sauvignon, South Australia 14.5% (Australia) $22.00.
94 Wakefield 2022 Jaraman, Pinot Noir, Tasmania 13.5% (Australia) $22.00.
93 Wakefield 2021 Jaraman, Shiraz, South Australia 14.5% (Australia) $22.00.
93 Wakefield 2020 St Andrews, Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $50.00.
94 Wakefield 2020 St Andrews, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $50.00.
93 Wakefield 2022 St Andrews, Chardonnay, Clare Valley 12.5% (Australia) $32.00.
92 Wakefield 2023 St Andrews, Riesling, Clare Valley 12% (Australia) $32.00.
95 Wakefield 2019 The Pioneer, Shiraz, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $140.00.
93 Wakefield 2019 The Visionary, Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley 14.5% (Australia) $140.00.

Chardonnay

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Serve in a White Wine Glass
Chardonnay is arguably the world’s most famous white variety, thanks to its success in France’s Burgundy region as well as throughout much of California. Chardonnay on its own has rather straightforward, pleasant aromas of apple and pear, but when aged (and sometimes fermented) in small oak barrels, the wines take on extra richness as well as notes of toasted almond, vanilla and yeast.

The most renowned examples of Chardonnay are from small villages and vineyards in Burgundy, such as Chassagne-Montrachet, Puligny-Montrachet and Meursault. These wines are very powerful with ample spicy notes and very good acidity; they age very well, sometimes as long as 20-25 years. Another part of Burgundy, Chablis, is home to more restrained style of Chardonnay. Certain areas of California, especially Russian River Valley in Sonoma and Santa Barbara County are also home to many distinguished examples of Chardonnay, with those from the latter region often displaying tropical fruit flavors.

Given that most Chardonnnays are aged in small oak barrels, there has been a movement as of late to give consumers a mored delicate style of Chardonnay, without all the spicy and toasty flavors. Thus there are now many producers that produce non-oak aged Chardonnays; this has been seen from many producers from Australia as well as a few in California as well.

Chardonnay, especially oak-aged versions, are quite rich and need seafood of equal richness at the dinner table. Thus lobster, halibut and swordfish are ideal food pairings.